Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wicked

 Two years ago I saw Wicked in New York while Zeb was in a conference.  To say I loved it was an understatement!  I made the comment that I couldn't wait to take the girls to see it!  Well...Zeb remembered and surprised us with tickets in New Orleans in June!  We made a little girls trip out of it!

We left at 6 a.m. and there was no surprise in our first stop-- Cafe du Monde!


We watched them make beignet's  for a bit

before walking around a few stores.

Thankfully the rain held off so we could see some art on the square.

Then we rode the trolley to lunch.




We ate lunch at the Palace Cafe.  I have never eaten there before, but it was so good!  I picked there because they took reservations and the weather "was supposed to be awful"!  It ended up being a pretty day with very little rain.

 Then we walked two blocks to the Saenger Theatre for the play.  (We parked right outside the theatre when we got there that morning so we could leave right after the play.  It was nice because we just went to the car to change clothes.)


We listen to a lot of books in the car and all week we had listened to The Wizard of Oz.  The girls had no idea the reason behind listening to it!  I am so glad we did because I think it helped clarify parts of the play.

The girls loved Wicked as much as I do!  All three of us are trying to figure out how we can see it again!

We ate a quick and yummy dinner at Middendorfs on the way home. 

Love these two!  Thanks Zeb for the day!  We made lots of memories!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What to take on a Disney Cruise (or any cruise for that matter)...


There are SOOO many cruise list out there and I am doing this so that I can remember the "extras" we brought!  I have my mom to thank for most of these--she researched and then ordered on Amazon!  

One of our friends went about a year ago and said that they had little happies each night from "Mickey".  We loved that idea and copied it!  My sister had someone make these precious tags for each night.  Night one we did pajamas from Target--I loved the girls rompers and they boys glowed in the dark.  Fun!!! Other things we did--Disney toothbrushes, playing cards, coloring book (or word search) and crayons for the trip home, gummy snacks.  Only the pajamas cost more than a dollar, but the kids really looked froward to seeing what was left for them!

The rooms on a cruise are small--but they are very doable.  You can see magnets on the back of the doors.  They liked playing with those and moving them around.  This shoe holder was a big help.  There were two hooks that were in the room and I just used pipe clears and tied the hanger onto the hooks.   You can see I stored all sorts of stuff in them.

This clothes organizer was also very helpful.  I wish I had taken a picture on day 1 when it was still neat!  There were plenty of coat hangers in the room and I hung all of my clothes.  I hung this clothes organizer just over the rack and each kid had two shelves for their clothes.

These big clips were also a help!  Especially when we were at the pool on top of the boat--it was rather windy up there.

We had two drying ropes in our bathroom--but the clothespins were great.  I could hang a lot more clothes on them then I could if I had to drape them over the rope.

This tiny bathroom fan was also great.  It had a USB charger and I just plugged it into my phone charger.  We left it running a lot and I know it helped with humidity and clothes drying.

 These were fun for the doors.  This is definitely not a must but it is fun and helpful to make sure you are going into the correct room!  
On a side note they have something called fish extenders.  Its where you can sign up and do happies for others on the boat.  You leave a special thing on your door.  I am sooooo glad we didn't do this!  It gets expensive and is a time waster!

I was also glad to have this plug--you can't have a surge protector, but that was allowed.    Also, the lanyards were very helpful--and we were glad to have a few extras because one of mine lost his a few times!  Mine clipped on and the kids went around their necks.

As far as clothing...I didn't think I over packed.  I was actually kind of proud of myself.  We only had 4 bags between the 5 of us.  However, I still packed too much.  We went from swimsuits to dinner clothes.  Only once did we wear shorts and a shirt.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Day 4

Apparently Day 4 was so fun and relaxing that I didn't even take many pictures!  Since we had been busy the past two days at islands, Sam was chomping at the bit to get into the Star Wars room.  He literally spent hours in there--from like 11:15-3:30.  He wouldn't even come out for lunch!   He even got to do the Jedi training! The rest of us spent the day riding the aquaduct (the slide), swimming, and reading!  It was a great last day!

I thought this was really cool.  This was the hand washing station that you had to use to enter the kids area.  You just stuck your hands in and water and soap came out!  It took like 20 seconds.


This kid loved to sit and look out the port holes.

Night 4s creation--we decided this was a pig????  Plus we got extra chocolate!

All the kids in their pajamas from Mickey.

On the morning we were leaving, Zeb and I got up early to watch the sunrise!  We were already docked at Port Canaveral.  

One last picture!

There's always time for a sword battle.

The last time they could order whatever they wanted.


I had to take a picture of this--my dad ate lox every single morning!


And here's the picture that I couldn't find when we ate lunch with Mr. John and Mrs. Flo!




  For Day 1
For Day 2



Sunday, June 12, 2016

End of Day 1 and Day 2

When I uploaded my pictures they got all out of order!  Ahhh!  

Watching the sunset from My May and Bo Bo's balcony.


Dinner on the cruise was amazing!  Sammy and Dax were our waiters and they waited on us each night!  On Disney cruises they assign you a restaurant to go to each night--but the wait staff rotates with you!  They had our drinks waiting on us when we arrived each night!  And they cut up my kids steak-or pancakes--or whatever!!  We had full conversations without having to get up! 

I think overall this was everyone's favorite dinner.

And my birthday got celebrated!

The waiters also had puzzles and mind games for each night.


After dinner we had an impromptu dance party in the lobby.

Leigh was excited about her pajamas from Mickey!  


Day 2

Breakfast


On this day we were at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.  We made the most of this day and did more slides than you can even count!

It didn't take long for Sam to get in vacation mode.

This slide was so quick I couldn't even get a picture!  It was fun because you could race your friend.
 The most memorable part of this day I didn't even get a picture of because my camera would have gotten wet.  Our family of 5 went off to find the lazy river as soon as we got there so we could get comfortable and get the lay of the land.  One of the workers pointed the way for us and we went!  We got on at a very calm part of the river--little did we know that we got on the Rapids River.  Of course we didn't know this at the time and we started calling it the "Crazy Lazy"--ha!  It definitely was a Rapids River.  We rounded the first corner to a gush of water and Leigh went flying off her raft!  I was holding on to Sam's float at the time and after that I had  a death grip on him  (the next day my left arm was sore!) We ended up having a great time on it and went back to get the other 7 members of my family!  We laughed and laughed and laughed. The second time around Sam went flying off his raft (Zeb had him :)).  I was so proud though because he just kept swimming and didn't panic!

hanging out under the waterfall

lunch was included in the package that we bought

Since we planned the cruise so last minute we had to get the late dinner at 8:15 and the show at 6:00. Let me tell you we ended up loving this and will pick this if we ever do a cruise again!  We played hard all day and then came back about 4 and gave the kids showers.  I ordered room service so they could have a heavy snack.  Then they took an hour or hour and a half nap on our bed.  (We could pull the curtain closed and then we could get ready.)  This is a picture of Sam UNDER our bed--y'all--we could NOT wake him up!  Zeb was rolling his head back and forth.  It was so funny!

After naps and before the show we headed up for an ice cream cone!  This always made sleepy people wake up happy!  They each had one or two ice cream cones each night before dinner!

The show the second night was "Villan's Tonight".  This was probably my least favorite, but it was still good.




We had some time to watch a bit of the movie at the pool before dinner.

And had some time for more dancing.


Looking sharp in their matching Wal-Mart outfits.

They would take a real picture only with the promise of a silly picture.

Animator's Palace was our dinner place for nights two and three.  The menu was different each night. I think my favorite thing I ate all week was from here--truffle gnocchi!


another puzzle



At the end of the night we had an elephant (and chocolate) waiting on us!


For Day 1 of the Disney Cruise